Snowing In The Summer

The Cute playing with play sand

We have an -ing ladies and gentlemen!

This is a big deal. We conjugated!

And all this thanks to a play sand toy. Why, thank you toy.

The Cute received a play sand toy table for her 2nd birthday (thank you grandparents!).

While I was weary about her eating the sand (and about cleaning after), we set to make our first shapes.

By the way, Reality:

The messy reality of toddler games

Typical, I know.

But then, things got interesting. The Cute started repeating “no”, “ing”, “no”, “ing” and throwing the sand on the air while I watched in smiling dismay.

Suddenly, I had one of my rare smart moments and I realized…my baby had correctly used an – ing. She was exclaiming “snowing” again and again until I got it! I felt SO proud: I had managed to understand yet another word my daughter said – I count those instances as great victories of my intellect.

Applause please? These things aren’t easy you know! Takes years of honing one’s mind to perform so well.

In stark contrast, The Cute has managed understanding both mine and her daddy’s languages since she was months old. I often ponder how much smarter babies are, to be able to comprehend and mimic the adult speech, while parents struggle to recognize words we already know.

Amidst flying kinetic sand, we had language developments and snow in the summer and big, huge smiles.

Mine faltered a little when the game was over and I had to do another -ing (clean-ing) with this:

It snowed...play sand

But only a little. 🙂

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15 thoughts on “Snowing In The Summer

  • July 10, 2015 at 3:23 pm
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    Ha, ha! That picture of the mess had me cracking up. 😉 I know how you feel. It’s wonderful that Cute is learning the “ing” sound. 🙂

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    • July 10, 2015 at 9:01 pm
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      She learnt its use! She discriminates between plain ‘snow’ and the action of ‘snowing’. I am thrilled. 😀

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    • July 6, 2015 at 2:36 am
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      Oh girl, don’t worry. That’s normal, especially for bilingual children! Takes more time. When they fully start to work sentences though, they are way ahead with two languages. 🙂

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      • July 10, 2015 at 3:21 pm
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        🙁 I wish we were closer so you could teach k and I Greek. H knows a little German, but not a whole lot.

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  • July 5, 2015 at 9:47 am
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    Glad to see Cute is enjoying making a mess. You know when it snows, it is not just in one place, it is all over. Great learning tool for both Mom and Cute. My least favorite -ing is clean-ing. Hope it wasn’t too difficult to clean up.

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    • July 6, 2015 at 2:19 am
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      Haha, yes, it snowed everywhere. 😀
      Cleaning was well, just typical. Not too bad. 🙂

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  • June 30, 2015 at 7:47 pm
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    You are a very brave and cool mom for having Cute play with her new sand toy (with sand!) inside the house. There was a time when I’d freak out over messes (because I didn’t want to clean it up!), but fortunately, I learned to relax and just enjoy the moment with my kids. 🙂

    That’s so great that Cute is bilingual. Such a great asset in life. I understand my parents’ native tongue fluently, but sadly, cannot speak it well enough to teach my kids. Thanks for sharing these moments of your family life. 🙂
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    • July 1, 2015 at 12:54 pm
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      It surely took some bravery even to decide to open the toy. 😀
      It’s great you manage to relax and enjoy, it is not an easy feat.

      I hope I manage help The Cute to have a full grasp of both languages. It is challenging as you know but, knowing more than one language is a helpful skill in various aspects of life.

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  • June 30, 2015 at 5:28 pm
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    I love “baby” talk! My hubby and I can still remember the way our girls pronounced things 40+ years later. Cherish the moments…..they are so precious. Also, wait on the expensive furniture!

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    • July 1, 2015 at 11:40 am
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      That is good advise! And works well with our budget – to wait for the expensive furniture.
      You know, there should be a “dictionary for new parents” with translation of baby talk, lol. 😀

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    • July 1, 2015 at 11:36 am
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      Well, the cleaning part will never get awesome. Just a heads up… 😀
      But yes, she had fun and I felt happy, too. 🙂

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  • June 30, 2015 at 1:16 pm
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    So cute! What an amazing opportunity to be brought up bilingual, kids are amazing 🙂 cleaning is my least favourite -ing!
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